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n. pl. ni·ce·ties
1. The quality of showing or requiring careful, precise treatment: the nicety of a diplomatic exchange.
2. Delicacy of character or feeling; fastidiousness; scrupulousness.
3. A fine point, small detail, or subtle distinction: the niceties of etiquette.
4. An elegant or refined feature; an amenity: the niceties of civilized life.

[Middle English nicete, silliness, exactitude, from Old French, silliness, from nice, silly; see nice.]


[ˈnaɪsətiz] npl (= fine points) → subtilités fpl
the niceties of sth → les subtilités de qch
social niceties → mondanités
He wasted no time with social niceties → Il ne perdait pas de temps avec les mondanités.
References in classic literature ?
There were subjects, you perceive, on which Tom was much quicker than on the niceties of classical construction, or the relations of a mathematical demonstration.
They perplex their judgments by a most undue attention to little niceties of personal appearance, habits, disposition, and other trifles which concern nobody but the lady herself.
Jarrett (Talkback, November 17) continues to question the validity of the EU referendum result by the use of irrelevant percentages and constitutional niceties.
Without mentioning Sarkozy by name, Hollande said: "Constitutional principles are not legal niceties.
It strives to consider what lies beyond the limits of gravity, time, and social niceties and pairs poems and a story by writer Michelle Blake with a visual exploration of these metaphorical worlds, which range from almost steampunk in their representations to dark matters.
With the help of The Glebe Street Afternoon Tea Ladies, Maw has compiled this braw bible of the rules, etiquette and niceties of the occasion.
But new Burnley boss Sean Dyche, right, isn't one for such niceties, in fact the former centre-half has banned them from training.
The new, 2011 CBR600F boasts combined ABS, a completely digital fascia and a 12,000rpm, 120bhp 599cc motor the CBR has such niceties as Showa forks, and even Nissin gold brake calipers on the ABS models.
Indeed, when times are tight we should focus on ensuring we can afford the essentials and if necessary forgo the niceties and indulgences.
In Turkey, he dispensed with diplomatic niceties and slammed Israel for turning Gaza into a prison camp.
Thanks to companies shelling out for R/3 and other niceties, the company's net profit grew from 426 million to 491 million, an increase of 15 percent.
I have no doubts that this coalition, after the initial novelty and niceties are over, will fail, because you can not have two captains on the bridge, and that is where Nick Clegg is, not to stand in when Cameron is away or off duty, but clearly to influence the Prime Minister which way the ship should go.